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U.N. climate talks on knife edge as Bolivia slams rich

<p>Activists from the 350.org environmental protection NGO sit on a table partially submerged in water as they pretend to represent countries taking part in the U.N. climate talks during a staged news conference at a beach in Cancun December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Activists from the 350.org environmental protection NGO sit on a table partially submerged in water as they pretend to represent countries taking part in the U.N. climate talks during a staged news conference at a beach in Cancun December 9, 2010....more

Activists from the 350.org environmental protection NGO sit on a table partially submerged in water as they pretend to represent countries taking part in the U.N. climate talks during a staged news conference at a beach in Cancun December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Cardboard versions of London's Big Ben, Mexico's Angel of Independence, Cairo's Great Pyramid of Giza and Agra's Taj Mahal stand in the ocean at the Gaviota Azul beach in Cancun December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>

Cardboard versions of London's Big Ben, Mexico's Angel of Independence, Cairo's Great Pyramid of Giza and Agra's Taj Mahal stand in the ocean at the Gaviota Azul beach in Cancun December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

Cardboard versions of London's Big Ben, Mexico's Angel of Independence, Cairo's Great Pyramid of Giza and Agra's Taj Mahal stand in the ocean at the Gaviota Azul beach in Cancun December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

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<p>Bolivia's President Evo Morales gives a speech during a plenary session at the Moon Palace, where climate talks are taking place, in Cancun December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero</p>

Bolivia's President Evo Morales gives a speech during a plenary session at the Moon Palace, where climate talks are taking place, in Cancun December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Bolivia's President Evo Morales gives a speech during a plenary session at the Moon Palace, where climate talks are taking place, in Cancun December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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<p>United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media at a news conference during climate talks in Cancun December 7, 2010. Saying the health of the planet is at stake, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged 190 nations meeting in Mexico on Tuesday to agree to steps to fight climate change without holding out for a perfect deal. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media at a news conference during climate talks in Cancun December 7, 2010. Saying the health of the planet is at stake, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged 190 nations meeting...more

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media at a news conference during climate talks in Cancun December 7, 2010. Saying the health of the planet is at stake, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged 190 nations meeting in Mexico on Tuesday to agree to steps to fight climate change without holding out for a perfect deal. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

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<p>Cardboard versions of New York's Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, Paris' Eiffel Tower, Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, London's Big Ben, Cairo's Great Pyramid of Giza, Mexico's Angel of Independence, Agra's Taj Mahal and Beijing's Temple of Heaven stand in the ocean at the Gaviota Azul beach in Cancun December 8, 2010. Greenpeace staged a performance sinking the world's best known landmarks in the ocean as climate talks take place in the beach resort. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>

Cardboard versions of New York's Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, Paris' Eiffel Tower, Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, London's Big Ben, Cairo's Great Pyramid of Giza, Mexico's Angel of Independence, Agra's Taj Mahal and Beijing's...more

Cardboard versions of New York's Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, Paris' Eiffel Tower, Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, London's Big Ben, Cairo's Great Pyramid of Giza, Mexico's Angel of Independence, Agra's Taj Mahal and Beijing's Temple of Heaven stand in the ocean at the Gaviota Azul beach in Cancun December 8, 2010. Greenpeace staged a performance sinking the world's best known landmarks in the ocean as climate talks take place in the beach resort. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

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<p>Environmental activists perform as they march towards the Pitaya Cancun Messe where climate talks are taking place in Cancun, December 7, 2010. Countries in talks at Cancun are split over how to toughen existing pledges to cut carbon emissions, made at last year's Copenhagen summit which ended in a brief, non-binding agreement. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Environmental activists perform as they march towards the Pitaya Cancun Messe where climate talks are taking place in Cancun, December 7, 2010. Countries in talks at Cancun are split over how to toughen existing pledges to cut carbon emissions, made...more

Environmental activists perform as they march towards the Pitaya Cancun Messe where climate talks are taking place in Cancun, December 7, 2010. Countries in talks at Cancun are split over how to toughen existing pledges to cut carbon emissions, made at last year's Copenhagen summit which ended in a brief, non-binding agreement. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Environmental activists from different organisations take part in a demonstration as they approach where climate talks are taking place in Cancun December 7, 2010. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged almost 200 nations meeting in Mexico on Tuesday to agree to a modest deal to rein in climate change without holding out for perfection. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Environmental activists from different organisations take part in a demonstration as they approach where climate talks are taking place in Cancun December 7, 2010. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged almost 200 nations meeting in...more

Environmental activists from different organisations take part in a demonstration as they approach where climate talks are taking place in Cancun December 7, 2010. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged almost 200 nations meeting in Mexico on Tuesday to agree to a modest deal to rein in climate change without holding out for perfection. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Environmental activists from different organizations demonstrate outside the Pitaya Cancun Messe, where climate talks are taking place in Cancun, December 7, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Environmental activists from different organizations demonstrate outside the Pitaya Cancun Messe, where climate talks are taking place in Cancun, December 7, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Environmental activists from different organizations demonstrate outside the Pitaya Cancun Messe, where climate talks are taking place in Cancun, December 7, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Environmental activists march toward the Pitaya Cancun Messe, where climate talks are taking place in Cancun, December 7, 2010. Countries in talks at Cancun are split over how to toughen existing pledges to cut carbon emissions, made at last year's Copenhagen summit which ended in a brief, non-binding agreement. The posters read, "We small farmers are the answer to climate change, " and "Global farming conglomerates are responsible for global warming." REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Environmental activists march toward the Pitaya Cancun Messe, where climate talks are taking place in Cancun, December 7, 2010. Countries in talks at Cancun are split over how to toughen existing pledges to cut carbon emissions, made at last year's...more

Environmental activists march toward the Pitaya Cancun Messe, where climate talks are taking place in Cancun, December 7, 2010. Countries in talks at Cancun are split over how to toughen existing pledges to cut carbon emissions, made at last year's Copenhagen summit which ended in a brief, non-binding agreement. The posters read, "We small farmers are the answer to climate change, " and "Global farming conglomerates are responsible for global warming." REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Activists of Oxfam carry a giant bottle on the shores of a beach in Cancun November 28, 2010. The bottle contains a message reading "Urgent: Save Lives in Cancun," in reference to millions of world's poorest people. Mexico will host international climate change talks among almost 200 nations meeting in Cancun from November 29 to December 10. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Activists of Oxfam carry a giant bottle on the shores of a beach in Cancun November 28, 2010. The bottle contains a message reading "Urgent: Save Lives in Cancun," in reference to millions of world's poorest people. Mexico will host international...more

Activists of Oxfam carry a giant bottle on the shores of a beach in Cancun November 28, 2010. The bottle contains a message reading "Urgent: Save Lives in Cancun," in reference to millions of world's poorest people. Mexico will host international climate change talks among almost 200 nations meeting in Cancun from November 29 to December 10. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Activists from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate, calling for a catch up plan to prevent climate change, on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference COP16 in Cancun December 5, 2010. The conference in Cancun have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit, which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>

Activists from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate, calling for a catch up plan to prevent climate change, on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference COP16 in Cancun December 5, 2010. The...more

Activists from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate, calling for a catch up plan to prevent climate change, on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference COP16 in Cancun December 5, 2010. The conference in Cancun have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit, which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

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<p>Activists of Sierra Club wearing flags representing countries taking part in Cancun climate talks, put their heads in the sand next to a man dressed as a bear to symbolize that countries are not doing enough to fight climate chance a beach in Cancun December 3, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Henry Romero</p>

Activists of Sierra Club wearing flags representing countries taking part in Cancun climate talks, put their heads in the sand next to a man dressed as a bear to symbolize that countries are not doing enough to fight climate chance a beach in Cancun...more

Activists of Sierra Club wearing flags representing countries taking part in Cancun climate talks, put their heads in the sand next to a man dressed as a bear to symbolize that countries are not doing enough to fight climate chance a beach in Cancun December 3, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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<p>An activist of Sierra Club dressed as a bear reacts to a photographer after a demonstration where they placed their heads in the sand to symbolize that countries are not doing enough to fight climate change at a beach in Cancun December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>

An activist of Sierra Club dressed as a bear reacts to a photographer after a demonstration where they placed their heads in the sand to symbolize that countries are not doing enough to fight climate change at a beach in Cancun December 3, 2010....more

An activist of Sierra Club dressed as a bear reacts to a photographer after a demonstration where they placed their heads in the sand to symbolize that countries are not doing enough to fight climate change at a beach in Cancun December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

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<p>Activists of Sierra Club wearing flags representing countries taking part in Cancun climate talks put their heads in the sand to symbolize that countries are not doing enough to fight climate change a beach in Cancun December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero</p>

Activists of Sierra Club wearing flags representing countries taking part in Cancun climate talks put their heads in the sand to symbolize that countries are not doing enough to fight climate change a beach in Cancun December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Henry...more

Activists of Sierra Club wearing flags representing countries taking part in Cancun climate talks put their heads in the sand to symbolize that countries are not doing enough to fight climate change a beach in Cancun December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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<p>A man walks past posters reading "Time for Climate Justice" in Cancunmesse, where climate talks are taking place, in Cancun December 2, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Henry Romero</p>

A man walks past posters reading "Time for Climate Justice" in Cancunmesse, where climate talks are taking place, in Cancun December 2, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an...more

A man walks past posters reading "Time for Climate Justice" in Cancunmesse, where climate talks are taking place, in Cancun December 2, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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<p>A woman waves a U.S. flag and a flag showing the earth while standing behind barricades set up near the venue where climate talks are taking place in Cancun December 1, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>

A woman waves a U.S. flag and a flag showing the earth while standing behind barricades set up near the venue where climate talks are taking place in Cancun December 1, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen...more

A woman waves a U.S. flag and a flag showing the earth while standing behind barricades set up near the venue where climate talks are taking place in Cancun December 1, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

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<p>A man walks past a sign by Oxfam at the Cancunmesse convention center where climate talks are taking place in Cancun December 1, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>

A man walks past a sign by Oxfam at the Cancunmesse convention center where climate talks are taking place in Cancun December 1, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an...more

A man walks past a sign by Oxfam at the Cancunmesse convention center where climate talks are taking place in Cancun December 1, 2010. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

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<p>Children look for recyclable materials from Managua's municipal landfill November 29, 2010. A bloc of left-wing Latin American nations will push lofty goals at world climate talks this month but without the fireworks they set off during the failed negotiations in Copenhagen last year. Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua all refused to sign the final Copenhagen Accord in December 2009, saying it was not ambitious enough and was cooked up secretively by big powers. With the next round of climate negotiations in the Mexican resort of Cancun from Nov. 29 until Dec. 10, the left-wing Latin American bloc is once again set to play a high-profile role in the quest for a binding pact to slow global warming. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas</p>

Children look for recyclable materials from Managua's municipal landfill November 29, 2010. A bloc of left-wing Latin American nations will push lofty goals at world climate talks this month but without the fireworks they set off during the failed...more

Children look for recyclable materials from Managua's municipal landfill November 29, 2010. A bloc of left-wing Latin American nations will push lofty goals at world climate talks this month but without the fireworks they set off during the failed negotiations in Copenhagen last year. Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua all refused to sign the final Copenhagen Accord in December 2009, saying it was not ambitious enough and was cooked up secretively by big powers. With the next round of climate negotiations in the Mexican resort of Cancun from Nov. 29 until Dec. 10, the left-wing Latin American bloc is once again set to play a high-profile role in the quest for a binding pact to slow global warming. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

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<p>Campaigners and farmers hold placards displaying the symbols of international currencies during a campaign urging world leaders to fulfil their promises on the global climate fund at Democracy Square in Phnom Penh November 29, 2010. Over three hundred campaigners gathered as international climate talks opened today in Cancun, Mexico. REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea</p>

Campaigners and farmers hold placards displaying the symbols of international currencies during a campaign urging world leaders to fulfil their promises on the global climate fund at Democracy Square in Phnom Penh November 29, 2010. Over three...more

Campaigners and farmers hold placards displaying the symbols of international currencies during a campaign urging world leaders to fulfil their promises on the global climate fund at Democracy Square in Phnom Penh November 29, 2010. Over three hundred campaigners gathered as international climate talks opened today in Cancun, Mexico. REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea

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<p>Environmental organisation Greenpeace flies a hot air balloon with the messages "Rescue the Climate" and "Stop Global Warming" over the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, as delegates prepare to meet for UN climate negotiations in nearby Cancun, November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Greenpeace/Handout THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.</p>

Environmental organisation Greenpeace flies a hot air balloon with the messages "Rescue the Climate" and "Stop Global Warming" over the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, as delegates prepare to meet for UN climate negotiations in...more

Environmental organisation Greenpeace flies a hot air balloon with the messages "Rescue the Climate" and "Stop Global Warming" over the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, as delegates prepare to meet for UN climate negotiations in nearby Cancun, November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Greenpeace/Handout THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

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<p>Police wearing anti-riot gear stand in formation near the venue of the climate talks in Cancun November 30, 2010. After an opening day largely dominated by ceremony, almost 200 countries showed little sign of compromise on past demands that have brought deadlock since last year's Copenhagen summit fell short of a binding U.N. climate treaty. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>

Police wearing anti-riot gear stand in formation near the venue of the climate talks in Cancun November 30, 2010. After an opening day largely dominated by ceremony, almost 200 countries showed little sign of compromise on past demands that have...more

Police wearing anti-riot gear stand in formation near the venue of the climate talks in Cancun November 30, 2010. After an opening day largely dominated by ceremony, almost 200 countries showed little sign of compromise on past demands that have brought deadlock since last year's Copenhagen summit fell short of a binding U.N. climate treaty. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

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